HubPages a social site!?!

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  1. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    From Real-time:

    "Top Social Traffic:
    Source    Active Visitors
    1.    HubPages    1

    Apparently Google thinks so...

    True? False? Good? Bad? Relevant? What say you?

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's been that way for weeks. You just noticed?

      1. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yep. Been distracted by my other adventures. Better late than never. lol

    2. WriteAngled profile image80
      WriteAngledposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hardly surprising given we are tarred with that abominable "Ning Glam Social" logo everywhere on the site. It makes me squirm whenever I see it. The name is redolent of moronic uneducated women yammering on to each other about mascara and handbags while leafing through a Mills and Boone before picking up their brats from school.

      Ever since that label appeared, I have been too ashamed to tell anyone that I have content here.

      1. wilderness profile image98
        wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I'm with you.  I don't like that stupid logo showing on my hubs.

  2. Rob Winters profile image80
    Rob Wintersposted 6 years ago

    If i try to log on to hubpages from my work computer the site is blocked under the category 'Social Networking Sites'. So at least some consider it such.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image87
      paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is not good...

    2. CWanamaker profile image96
      CWanamakerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Same here...HubPages is no longer available where I work.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Ya know... Now this is serious. HP probably averages several million views a day from people at work. Or used to? Leastwise, that's always kind of been my general feeling. If all the IT shops start thinking of HP as another FB, that is not good at all...

        1. CWanamaker profile image96
          CWanamakerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Agreed - this is a problem.

          1. paradigmsearch profile image87
            paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I just did a search for "list of social sites". I checked half-a-dozen results.

            The good news... HP didn't show up anywhere.

            The bad news... NING sure did!

  3. profile image0
    Kathryn LJposted 6 years ago

    What does this mean for us?  Can our writing be taken seriously on a social network site?  Is it even worth using it on a CV or as examples of internet publishing, if it's in the same league as face book?

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Can we be taken seriously?

      Visit the religious and political forums and then just see if you can ask the same question with a straight face! lol

      1. profile image0
        Kathryn LJposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        big_smile big_smile big_smile

      2. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        HP should flat out ask Google if the R/P forums have a negative effect on this site's overall rating.

        1. wilderness profile image98
          wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          In theory each subdomain stands alone on it's own merits.  I'm not real sure how true that is, though...

          1. paradigmsearch profile image87
            paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I'm of the fairly firm belief that both play a factor.

    2. paradigmsearch profile image87
      paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I would be very interested to know if Squidoo, etc. are also classified as social sites by Google. If so, then at least we have a somewhat level playing field. If not, then I consider this pretty serious.

      Hey, Squidoo folks! Could you tell us what Real-time says about Squidoo?

    3. janesix profile image59
      janesixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      lol....

      not even gonna comment

  4. Xenonlit profile image61
    Xenonlitposted 6 years ago

    I don't even mention Hub Pages in applications since I was told this was only a "blogging" site! That was a year ago. You would think we would be told, however, that the quality of the site is not one that is going to help us make money for producing content!

    There is something wrong with that.

    1. fpherj48 profile image78
      fpherj48posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      However....how do we explain that there certainly ARE hubbers who make good money writing here.  In fact, some make excellent money...as in, "supporting their family money."  That's not possible on a strictly social network.

      1. IzzyM profile image89
        IzzyMposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The only hubbers who are making enough money to support their family on HP now are almost certainly not living in America. A dollar goes a long way in many third world countries.

        Earnings have fallen drastically per 1000 views since HP ads was introduced, IMO.

        This whole 'social networking' stuff should not be associated with a writer's site (again IMO). Those hubbers who pointed out that their work offices ban all social networking sites have made an excellent point.

        Judging from the time of day I used to get most of my hits, those were USA office hours. We shouldn't be surprised that traffic has fallen.

        Still, look on the bright side, perhaps more businesses will have office workers actually working, and not writing or reading hubs. This should lead to the return of a profitable economy, meaning that people no longer have to 'work from home' writing web content that has already been written umpteen million times.

  5. profile image0
    Kathryn LJposted 6 years ago

    It makes it all seem a bit redundant.  Why bother producing anything of quality if it's just considered a blog?  Why not just blog?  Or even better, go off and do some proper writing.  Makes ya think tongue

  6. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    OK! Looks like we are not being picked on versus the other sites. Leastwise, not as to the social thing.

    https://sites.google.com/site/socialnet … nbusiness/

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You need to diversify, PDS. If you're going to survive in the long term. And why don't you ever share your specialist knowledge? Mensa, nasa member!

      1. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        In the past, usually someone comes along and nitpicks some minor detail. So, I've pretty much quit doing that. lol

        1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
          Hollie Thomasposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Minor details are sales, shmales! Quit worrying. smile

          1. paradigmsearch profile image87
            paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I thought you were referring to the forums, but now I realize you were talking about hubs. You are right.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    And of all the writing sites Google could pick to mention, they mention only HP and Squidoo. And I think Google is finally figuring out that Squidoo is a link farm...

  8. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 6 years ago

    They have a paragraph about Squidoo and all they say about HubPages is that it is similar to Squidoo.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image87
      paradigmsearchposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, they also say Twitter is the new kid on the block. I looked for a date, but couldn't find one. I suspect that page is very old. But everything, everywhere seems to indicate that HP and S are both classified the same.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    To me a very interesting side note, re: Real-time.

    Hubpages.com is classed as Social Traffic, but HP subdomains are classified as Referral Traffic. And Real-time does not do subdomains for FB, Twitter, etc.; leastwise I haven't seen one yet.

 
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